Unemployed become roadside salesmen

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

SCOTT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Scott County has the highest unemployment in the state. The tough times are forcing some to become roadside salesmen.

Jesse Roden will do whatever it takes to make ends meet. Including setting up a roadside yard sale just outside Huntsville.

"We probably make about $100 a day on good days. On bad days probably about $25-$30," said Roden.

He's not alone. Meet Steve Musselman, affectionately known as "The Sock Man." "It helps me pay the bills and survive."

Mussleman and Roden both agree doing this beats having no money at all. Roden even has dreams of going to college.

"So you want to do better for yourself," I asked Roden. "Yes, I do."

But the deck in Scott County is stacked against the 18-year-old soon to be father. "All we really have here is Wal-Mart and McDonald's. Other than that, it's just hard to find a job," said Roden.

"You have to find something to do to help you, the way things are in America, especially here in Scott County," said Musselman.


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  • by Just sayin. on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM
    Where can the video clip be found for this segment?
  • by Just sayin. Location: Scott Co. on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:36 PM
    It is the people that run this town that make it how it is. We need to vote the family's that have ran this town in to the ground out and find people that want to make a difference and vote them in. The first thing they ask you when you are looking for a job here is "Who are you related to". That is how they determine if you get hired our not. We need to get some help from the states office down here and check these people that run this place and see what they think. Maybe this news will get to someones desk and get the ball rolling. Those people in that town are suffering because of the greed of the people that run it. They need someone to put them under a microscope and not stop looking till they find out whats wrong. Like Mr. Musselman asked Mr. Mario, Why has it took this long for someone to notice. Now who can they turn to for HELP???????? Run this up the flag pole and see who listens. I will wait.

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